After months of negotiations led by your hard-working real estate agent, the jitters of closing day, moving company decisions, furniture shopping or removal, a revolving assortment of paint swatches, carpet samples, and kitchen tile selection, and the actual move itself, you have arrived at your exciting destination: living your dream life in your fantastic new home!
Or that’s how you felt when you first moved. Now that the newness has worn off, you’ve unpacked the necessities and realized that there’s more tedious work to be done. Where did you get all this stuff? And where shall it go? What seems like a herculean feat can actually be broken down into more manageable steps.
• So fresh and so clean, clean
No matter the state of your unpacking, truly getting moved in is a process that will be made easier by starting with a clean slate.
Do a deep clean (or if possible, hire a cleaning service) so that your new rooms are off to a fresh start. If you don’t have time for an extreme clean makeover, simply vacuuming or sweeping before moving in new furniture will mean less mess as you get settled.
If you aren’t able to do a deep clean, designating items to be moved into storage, or organizing your basic needs like kitchen and bathroom items, can set you up well for bigger projects later.
• Make a list of short and long-term action items and goals
Even if your move was executed flawlessly, there will still be a lot to do. Scientific studies have found that getting the plans out of your tired brain and onto the page can make your workload easier to manage.
Instead of spiraling about the monumental tasks ahead, sort your ideas into short-term action items and long-term goals.
Setting aside time to daydream (and budget) for your long-term goals will be satisfying once you’ve gotten the most pressing work out of the way.
• Choosing a particular area to revitalize may unlock other design ideas for the rest of the home
While the modern go-to for decor reinvention is the handy Ikea hack, you don’t have to go all out with a design project to feel like you have refreshed a particular area of your home.
Consider rearranging the layout of an area by re-orienting furniture. Relocating certain pieces such as end tables and smaller shelves can create a new vibe, especially in small spaces.
If you like the current layout, redecorating in small ways can freshen up a room. Spring for a new rug, a house plant, or try new arrangements for surfaces like mantels and bookshelves.
• Moving things around will get your creative juices flowing
Make note of project ideas, rooms in need of some attention at a later date, or minor home repairs so they will remain on your radar.
While the desire to make everything perfect will be strong, realize that taking the time to clean spaces and get organized will be the earliest steps in a long process. Spending time to dream and plan for the future will make your hard work feel worthwhile!